The Greyhound is a sighthound bred for coursing game and greyhound racing. Since the rise in largescale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, the breed has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet.
In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Greyhounds that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Hound Dogs Weight: 50 to 85 pounds Height: 2 feet, 1 inch to 2 feet, 6 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 12 15 years
Greyhounds were originally bred as hunting dogs to chase hare, foxes, and deer. Canines in this dog breed can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour, making them the Ferraris of the dog world.
Today, Greyhounds also participate in many other dog sports, including lure coursing, conformation, obedience, and agility. Beyond their grace and speed, people love them for their sweet, mild nature. Fans of the breed often claim that these dogs have two speeds: allout sprint and total couch potato. They are, however, quite sensitive, both to extreme weather and to loneliness. This is not a dog who can be left home alone for long hours of the day. Give them the love, care, and exercise they crave, and you’ll have an adoring, cuddle bug companion for life.
Whether or not you've seen one in the flesh, you know what a Greyhound looks like. The iconic hound with the aerodynamic build epitomizes speed with his narrow head, long legs, and muscular rear end. We've all seen images of this sprinter, if only through seeing it plastered on the side of a bus, but many of us don't truly know the breed.
One of the most ancient of breeds, Greyhounds probably originated in Egypt and have been prized throughout history. Historic figures who were captivated by this breed include Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I of England, and General Custer, who raced his dogs the day before he set off on his fateful trip to Little Big Horn. The patronage of the two queens led to Greyhound racing being dubbed the "Sport of Queens."
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